Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Protest Flotilla Meets Areva Outside Viaduct

Auckland, 2 November 2002 - A flotilla of protest boats, kayaks and inflatables met Le Defi Areva as it left the Viaduct this morning on its way to race in the Louis Vuitton series. Twenty craft gathered at the entrance to the Viaduct flying anti-nuclear banners that read “Keep the Cup Nuclear Free” and “Wind Power Not Nuclear Power”.

The protest included boats from Greenpeace, members of the original Peace Squadron, boats from the 2002 Nuclear Free Tasman flotilla and ordinary New Zealanders who want to let Areva know that whilst a French sailing team is welcome, the French nuclear industry is not.

The protestors range in age from 14 to 70 years old, representing generations of New Zealanders unhappy with the French nuclear industry using the event to promote their business.

“I want Areva to know that New Zealanders are upset with them abusing our good nature and using this event as an advertising platform for their industry – one with a terrible history in this part of the world and a bad environmental record back home,” said George Armstrong, one of the original founders of the Peace Squadron.

“It’s a slap in the face for New Zealand that Areva is here as a nuclear sponsor in the America’s Cup when last year they were here backing a completely different boat - one that was shipping plutonium fuel through our region and which our Government strongly opposed,” said Henk Haazen of the Nuclear Free Tasman Flotilla.

Areva was formed in 2001 from a merger between the plutonium reprocessing company COGEMA, the nuclear reactor construction company Framatome, and FCI, a maker of electrical connectors. Areva is 78.96 per cent owned by the Commissariat a L'Énergie Atomique (CEA – the French Atomic Energy Commission) and 5.19 per cent owned by the French Government. The CEA oversaw the nuclear testing programme at Moruroa and is today responsible for developing France’s nuclear weapons.

The protest boats followed the Areva boat out to the racecourse and were joined by a number of other protest vessels already out there.


Boats involved in protest flotilla:

s/v Ranui – Richard Allen
s/v Notredam – Barry Littlewood
s/v Sonshu – Wilton Willis
s/v Legacy- Dan Salmon
s/v Secret Affair – David Armstrong
s/v Arresto – Rob Willighagen
s/v Equinox – Roy Purvis
s/v Waiaro - Peter Williams QC
s/v Blue Moon – Nic Atkinson
s/v Ethel – Tom Leary
s/v Tiama – Henk Haazen

Kayakers: Athena Lambrinidou, Ruby Haazen, Tamara MacDonald, Tamara Tong, Halee Moss.

For further information: Bunny McDiarmid, Greenpeace 021 838 183; Glyn Walters, Greenpeace 021 772 661; George Armstrong, member of the Peace Squadron 025 902 415.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>

ALSO:

Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION